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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review of Extreme Malice

Goodreads | Eric_W Welch (Forreston, IL)'s review of Extreme Malice:

This had the potential to be a really good perfect murder story.  It suffered from some poor editing and some inconsistencies, but it really kept the pages turning.

Extremely interesting story about a cop (Dean) obsessed with finding his good friend (Jack) guilty of the murder of his wife. Jack was three hundred miles away when the strangulation occurred and the evidence against the neighbor teen (Josh) appears overwhelming. There was DNA evidence proving that Josh was having an affair with Jack's wife. There was evidence that Josh had used his guitar strings to commit the crime. There was phone call tracing that showed phone calls between the murdered woman and Josh.  Yet Dean remembered a conversation from months before when Jack had insisted he could commit a crime with impunity and Dean's gut  telling him Josh could not have killed anyone, but he's totally stumped as to how the crime was committed.  And then there's the 3.5 million in insurance.  And why is that kid taking photographs?  It's really quite clever.

The author's premise is that we have become so reliant on DNA evidence with its certainty that perhaps sometimes that sure thing might be used against us.  Maybe.

It unfortunate that the ebook was marred by several grammatical errors that should have been caught, e.g. possessives instead of plurals.  There were also some legal errors.  It was always my impression that witnesses who had yet to testify were not permitted in the courtroom until after they had given testimony, yet here, Jack sits in and makes some decisions based on what he hears, all before he has been called to the stand.  I checked a couple of sources and that's also the rule in Canada where the trial takes place.  Still giving it 3 stars for a great plot.

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